Journey into the Renaissance, Part II

Another attempt at travel writing, late posting.

I have been in this fascinating city for over a month now and I am able find my way around much quicker than that first night, no map needed. The Arno River I cross on my way to class each morning has not lost its charm. Nor have the views of the Ponte Vecchio, the picturesque side streets, or the cappuccino and nutella croissant I regularly have for breakfast. Leaving my routinely visited morning café, I place my empty cup and plate on the counter and wave “grazie!” to the barista. Not having class for the rest of the day, I decide to take a walk over to the Piazza della Signoria. Continue reading


Describing Black To A Blind Person

Black is mysterious. She attends work every day in a scandalously fitting dress, the hem dangerously high above the knee. Her shoulders are back and her head is held high. Her hair feels gelled in a slick back in a ponytail, gripped by the tightest hair elastic. Continue reading

Venice & The Carnival

She is otherworldly.

Hundreds of small islands connected by thousands of picturesque bridges, you cannot turn your head without dropping your jaw. Red, yellow, pink, and orange buildings against the bright blue sky and beautifully crafted gondolas cutting through the canals beneath your feet. Not an automobile in sight, not a care in the world. You begin to question whether or not the world outside still exists, then let the idea fade along with all other concerns. IMG_6253

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Landing In Firenze

I kept waiting for it to hit me during my last couple weeks in the states. I packed, but I didn’t feel it. I boarded the plane, but I didn’t feel it. I’m here, and I’m still not sure I feel it. Continue reading

Mini Adventures – New England 

This weekend I traveled up north to visit my roommate in the state that “lives free or dies.” No really, it says that on their license plate.

I went with my other freshman year roommate. Together we took on Londonderry and Portsmouth New Hampshire, some light house in Maine, MIT and the Science museum in Boston throughout the span of 4 days.

Here, take a look.

Nubble Light House, Maine

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Traveler’s Bucket List

I often think of where I want to travel when I become rich and famous, but it really is difficult to narrow down ten or twelve. And of course to become rich and famous, but It’s healthy to dream.

I’ll give you a catalogue of my Top Twelve in alphabetical order, a bucket list if you will.

I will always and forever label Greece as my #1. Since I’ve been to Athens 8 times, however, I’m going to leave this beauty out for now.

Here are the top 12 places I want to visit, at least before they disappear:

  1. Alaska – I have a soft spot for pretty ice
  2. Brazil – Because that soft spot includes dying rain forests such as the Amazon
  3. Cuba – Like a forbidden fruit, I must bite it
  4. Dead Sea – Worthier than it sounds. Who doesn’t want to float on their bottom?
  5. Egypt – The pyramids, and I need more camels in my life
  6. Fiji – Water from the source
  7. Galapagos Islands – Maybe I’ll discover a new species
  8. Japan – Mostly for Mount Fuji, I love a good volcano
  9. Nauru – The smallest country in the world, and it’s sinking
  10. New Zealand – I’m a nature lover and a colossal squid lover
  11. Norway – Vikings! Fishing Villages! Frozen!
  12. Scotland – I do a mean Scottish accent. I was also a castle born lady in a past life.

And here’s #13 for good luck:

13. Venice – You know, before it’s completely submerged